শুভ নববর্ষ ১৪২৫ (Subho Nobo Borsho 1425)

Unlike the English (Roman) calendar, the Hindu calendar starts on a different month; in April to be precise, mid-April. It is in the month of Baisakh that we celebrate our New Year across all Indian states. In Bengal, the first of Baisakh or ‘Poila Boisakh’ usually falls on 15th April, and is celebrated as our…

Julia Child’s White Sandwich Loaf

I think bread-makers across the globe will agree, baking bread is addictive, especially if your first loaf turns out to be just-about perfect. Want to know something funny? I tried using whole wheat for my first bread, and by some miracle it turned out quite good! Of course back then, I had no clue that…

Thandai (Holi Special)

I’d like to start by wishing everyone a very Happy Holi. May the Festival of Colours bring with it a rush of brightness and warmth in your lives. Remember, Holi should not be forceful, nor should it be fun at the expense of others. Have fun everyone!! 🙂 Here’s some virtual colour for everyone 😀…

Gur er RoshBora (Basant Panchami Special)

A famous Bengali quote goes like this….”Basanta eshe geyche”… or Basanta has arrived. Which literally means, spring is here. There’s a pleasant cheer all around, and even though the winter chill hasn’t dissipated yet, the rows of flowers blooming all around people’s balconies and terraces makes you think otherwise. This season is celebrated across India…

Makar Sankranti (New Harvest Celebrations) 2018

We have entered the new year, and as always, India is beginning the year with celebrations. The Hindu calendar, based on both the lunar and solar cycles is divided into months, much like the Roman calendar, but this one begins in April, when different regions celebrate their ‘New Year’. The Bengali calendar is no different;…

Eggless Nutella Pudding Cups

I’m alive, and kicking….not that you guys were worried, or…were you? 😉 I got so many messages on my Facebook page asking where I was that I thought it’s time to be back, at least before the year ended! To be honest, I have just been….busy. But before we delve more into that tirade, here’s…

Happy Diwali!!! Subh Deepavali

Happy Diwali everyone!!!!!  As a kid, the first words that came to mind when writing (an essay) about Diwali would be….”Diwali, the festival of lights”… and that’s how I’ve always envisioned this festival to be. There is a vibrancy about Diwali that matches no other. I grew up within a huge building complex that would…

Moti Pulao (Pearl Pilaf)

Of late, my insane work schedule has kept me away from any ‘co-curricular’ activities, including blogging, especially blogging. Not that this is a pass-time, but still, how often can you cook, click, edit and write a blog post with a tightly pack work schedule? The beginning of September just flew by like a jet plane;…

Rava Laddoo (Semolina & Coconut Ladoos)

Ganesh Chaturthi is almost upon us, and like last year, I’m gearing up for hosting my own small celebration at home. And that means, it’s time to get knee-deep busy in preparations for the same. Now as is common knowledge, Lord Ganesha’s love for sweets is unparalleled. And even though his favourite sweet treats are…

Kumro Pataye Ilish Paturi (Hilsa cooked in Pumpkin Leaf)

It’s raining buckets and in Bengal, with monsoon, comes the chance to gorge on…what else, but “Ilish maach”, aka the Hilsa. And if I haven’t bored you already, I shall successfully do so in the post, when I go on and on about the magic of Hilsa 😀 Because frankly, in spite of being laden…